19,511 ft / 5,947 m

#31 in Ancash

#57 in Peru


1,467 ft / 447 m

#23 in Ancash

#40 in Peru


Ancash, Peru


6 summits

#1 in Ancash

#5 in Peru

Top climbing months

July   66%

September  33%

Most climbed route

French Direct


  • Alpamayo is one of the most conspicuous peaks in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Peruvian Andes.
  • It is a steep (60 degrees), almost perfect pyramid of ice, one of a number of peaks that compose the Santa Cruz massif, the northernmost massif of the Cordillera Blanca.
  • Although smaller than many of its neighboring peaks, it is distinguished by its unusual formation and overwhelming beauty.
  • It actually has two sharp summits, North and South, separated by a narrow corniced ridge.
  • Alpamayo has been named "The Most Beautiful Mountain in the World" in mountaineering circles.
  • Most popular routes start from the village of Caraz, on the north of the Cordillera Blanca.
  • The most common climbing route, known as the Ferrari route, is on the southwest face of the mountain. It is considered a difficult climb, demanding good crampon and ice-climbing technique.
  • There are incomparable views of steep ice faces, penitentes, and gigantic white walls and ridges similar to the finest of the Himalayan scenery.
  • There are at least six other climbing routes; the second most popular is the Vasque-French route.